Thomas Tuchel suggests unusual position changes for Saul following the Chelsea failure


Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea manager, hinted that Saul Niguez could play as a left wing-back after the Spanish midfielder had yet again struggled in central midfield for Blues.

The Atletico Madrid loanee was hooked at half-time during Chelsea’s narrow 2-1 away victory against Watford.

After his short debut in September’s 3-0 home win over Aston Villa, the former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain manager had to substitute Saul at half-time.

Saul has struggled tremendously since arriving at Stamford Bridge in the final stages of the summer transfer window from Atletico.

And it appears Tuchel has lost patience with the Spaniard’s displays at central midfield, and could be willing to instead field him as a makeshift left-wing-back to cover for the injured Ben Chilwell.

Saul Niguez was substituted at half-time of Chelsea's win against Watford
Saul Niguez was replaced at half-time in Chelsea’s victory against Watford

“I don’t know where he goes from this performance but he was on a yellow card so we had two options,” Tuchel said after the win over Claudio Ranieri’s side.

“We could have taken Marcos [Alonso]You can also try Saul as an wing-back, and off who also received a yellow card.

“I had this in my mind before the game, if something happened to Marcos.

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Thomas Tuchel was furious with Chelsea's start to the game against Watford
Thomas Tuchel was angry at Chelsea’s opening to the match against Watford

“But I thought maybe it was not the right match to try things with new positions so it was [subbing]He should change the form a bit and have Thiago pitch the pitch along with his organizing.”

Chelsea started very poorly at Vicarage Road, and Tuchel ensured his side new all about their slack beginning when the teams were sent to the dressing room for 30 minutes, after a supporter suffered a cardiac arrest in the stands.

Hakim Ziyech only just got Chelsea over the line against a tenacious Watford side
Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech just beat a determined Watford side to get Chelsea out of the way

After some selfless play by Kai Havertz, Mason Mount managed to get the Blues into first place despite the awkward opening exchanges.

In form Watford star Emmanuel Dennis equalised proceedings with his sixth goal of the season just before half-time; sliding the ball through Antonio Rudiger’s legs and past a non-plussed Edouard Mendy in the Chelsea goal.

The Blues won all three points after Hakim Ziyech completed a rare, free-flowing Chelsea attack. This secured a crucial victory for the Blues.